Orange fire warning in place as people told not to use BBQs

13 May 2020

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UNITED KINGDOM – An orange fire warning is in place across Ireland until Monday, the Department on Agriculture has confirmed.

Department said the warning is in place due to  high pressure dominated weather patterns and low projected rainfall levels.

As a result, the dead grass and shrubbery raise serious concerns about the spreading of gorse and heather fires.

The Department said: ‘Based on recent fire incidents, most ignitions risks appear to be associated with deliberate ignitions in areas associated with illegal waste dumping and areas where active turf cutting is taking place.

‘Fire behaviour and initial spread rates are likely to be strongly influenced by lower afternoon humidity levels and light to moderate wind speeds during the lifespan of this warning, but may be moderated by increased live growth in vegetation.

‘Members of the public intending to visit forests and other public recreational sites are reminded of the requirement to remain within 5km of their homes and to adhere to regulations introduced to limit the spread of Covid-19.

‘Vehicles should not be parked at site entrances or impede emergency service access to forest roads.’

Dublin Fire Brigade has also asked members of the public to be careful if they are in areas where fires may be more of a concern.

It said: ‘An ORANGE fire warning has been issued for wildland and forest fires by @agriculture_ie.

‘It is in place until next Monday. If you are enjoying these areas in your 5km exercise area remember: No camp fires, no BBQs.

‘Let’s protect our green areas.’

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